Senin, 25 September 2017

GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES RESEARCH TO TAP OCEAN THERMAL ENERGY

by Andi Abdussalam
         Jakarta, Sept 25 (Antara) - Indonesia, believed to have the largest source of ocean thermal energy, is conducting a research to tap it for the welfare of its people.
        According to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), Indonesia has the world's largest ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) potential found in at least 17 locations across the country.
        This was revealed by Head of Center for Research and Development of Marine Geology (P3GL) of the ESDM Ediar Usman in a written statement received by Antara in Jakarta on Sunday.
        According to Usman, the potential of ocean thermal energy in Indonesia's maritime territory is forecast to have the capacity to generate some 240 gigawatts (GW) of electricity. The Flores waters in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) are one of the regions having OTEC potential.
        Hence, the ESDM is deploying the P3GL research ship Geomarin III to conduct a survey on evaluating sea temperatures in Flores in the north of Pulau Lembata Island of NTT Province. The Geomarin III research ship will conduct the survey from September 24 to October 7, 2017.
        The results obtained from evaluating sea temperatures will serve as a basis for deciding further expansion work and investment in electrical energy, which will be produced from the OTEC potential.
        Indonesia has the largest OTEC potential in the world, as it is situated on the equator. The OTEC potential is scattered in the western coast of Sumatra, southern Java, Sulawesi, North Maluku, Bali, and NTT.

Sabtu, 23 September 2017

HIGH-SPEED TRAIN PROJECT NEEDS TO FINISH LAND ACQUISITION

by Andi Abdussalam
     by Andi Abdussalam
   Jakarta, Sept 23 (Antara) - Indonesia's first Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train (HST) needs to finish its land acquisition soon if the construction of the railway project worth Rp80 trillion is expected to be completed on time in 2019.
         Vice President Jusuf Kalla recently stated that the HST is being developed on the basis of a business-to-business scheme such that the government only concerns with its licensing, while its land clearance has become the responsibility of companies grouped in the consortium.
         "There is no problem with the licensing of the project. The problem lies with the land clearance. Matters on land in Indonesia are different compared to other countries like China, where all land belongs to the state. In Indonesia, most of the land is owned by the people. Therefore, the land must be acquired first before a project could be carried out," Kalla told participants of the National Resilience Institute (Lemhanas) course in Jakarta last month (Aug 28).
         The Jakarta-Bandung HST project is being developed by a consortium of Chinese companies and Indonesian state-owned enterprises (BUMN).
         According to online portal www.indonesia-investments.com, Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC) is tasked with constructing the high-speed railway. KCIC consists of a consortium called Pilar Sinergi BUMN Indonesia (60 percent stake) and China's largest rail operator China Railway International Co. Ltd. (40 percent).

Jumat, 22 September 2017

YOUTH SHOULD KNOW ABOUT NATION'S COMMUNIST PAST

 by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Sept 22 (Antara) - Indonesia's younger generation should know the history of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) insurgence, so that they can adopt a wise outlook and view for upholding integrity, unity, and stability in the country.
         In the run-up to Sept 30, the discourse on the abortive PKI coup d'etat, popularly known as the G30S/PKI movement, has begun to spark positive and negative reactions.
         The public is, of late, increasingly resorting to polemic over the need to screen a documentary film on the G30S/PKI insurgence. The documentary film has always been screened on the eve of Sept 30 during the New Order government to remind the nation of the cruelty of the communist party rebels, who in their move to seize power, killed seven Army generals.
        Hence, observing the abortive PKI insurgency, should not adversely serve as a new trigger and source of disunity in the country.
         "The people should not easily become provoked by various irresponsible issues and agitation," Wiryanti Sukamdani, a member of the People's Consultative Assembly of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, had remarked on Thursday (Sept 21).
          She said that currently, several issues had been raised and activities conducted, with the defunct PKI symbols. They should not harm the country's cohesiveness. All elements in society should support and reinforce the state ideology of Pancasila, the Bhinneka Tunggal Ika or unity in diversity, and the 1945 Constitution and the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.

Rabu, 20 September 2017

GOVERNMENT NEEDS GRAND STRATEGIES TO BOOST PALM OIL EXPORTS

 by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Sept 21 (Antara) - Indonesia, the largest crude palm oil (CPO) producer country, which along with Malaysia controls some 80 percent of the CPO market in the world, has the potential to decide the commodity's business prospects.
        Hence, the government needs to create an effective grand strategy related to the palm oil commodity, which is one of the leading export goods of the national economy.
         "The government should have a grand strategy or a national oil road map," Hamdhani, a member of the House of Representatives' Commission IV on plantation affairs, noted in a release in Jakarta on Wednesday.
         According to Hamdhani, palm oil production is proven to have overcome the economic disparities of people in several areas of the country, such as between Java and outside Java.
         Hamdhani, who is a Nasdem Party politician, also pointed out that Malaysia, as a competitor country, has applied a standard rule; hence, if Indonesia does not formulate the right regulation, its position as a ruler of the CPO market could be taken over.
         It is reported that Indonesia could lose its market in India if the government did not immediately conduct bilateral negotiations following the imposition of a two-fold import duty on CPO and its derivatives to the South Asian country.

GOVERNMENT ACCELERATES RURAL ELECTRIFICATION

By Andi Abdussalam
           Jakarta, Sept 20 (Antara) - The state-owned power utility company, PLN, is cooperating with local governments in its attempt to accelerate and achieve its rural electrification program target in 2.5 thousand villages this year.
        "There are more than 10 districts whose local governments are cooperating with PLN to make the rural electrification program a success," PLN's director for Maluku and Papua provinces, Ahmad Rofiq, said in Jakarta on Tuesday (Sept 19).
          The Indonesian government is currently launching its electrification program called "Indonesia Terang" (Indonesia Bright), with a target to provide electricity for 10.3 thousand villages until 2019, or about 97.35 percent of the country's electrification ratio.
          Rofiq stated that the cooperation held with the local governments to accelerate the rural electrification program is aimed to meet the need for power supplies of PLN's 450 watt subscribers, with a capacity of 300 kWh, especially in the Indonesian eastern regions.
          The government, in its "Indonesia Terang" program, gives an emphasis on villages in the Indonesian eastern regions. Until last year, some 67 percent of the Indonesian rural electrification program covered the Indonesian eastern regions that stretch from West Nusa Tenggara Province (NTB) to Papua.

PASSENGERS CAN NOW AVAIL SKYTRAIN SERVICE AT SOETA AIRPORT

 by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Sept 20 (Antara) - Since Sunday, Sept 18, this year, the Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta (Soeta) International Airport has begun operating a skytrain to facilitate the movement of passengers within the airport's terminals.
         The operation of the skytrain, also known as the automated people mover system (APMS) train, was launched on Sunday to coincide with the National Transport Day.
         Passengers or other visitors, who usually board a bus to travel between the airport's Terminals 1, 2, and 3, can now use a skytrain, though the service is available for limited hours. 
    However, once fully operational, it will serve passengers round the clock and is expected to be integrated with the airport train that serves routes linking it with Jakarta and its buffer towns of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi (Jabodetabek).

         To this end, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno has planned to integrate the operations of the APMS skytrain with the airport train before the year-end.
         "The skytrain has been operational at the Soekarno-Hatta airport, though the operations are still limited. However, we hope that the Skytrain and Jabodetabek commuter line train to the airport would have been connected before the end of the year," the minister stated.

PEOPLE WARNED OF PROXY WAR IN PICC TRAFFICKING

By Andi Abdussalam
         Jakarta, Sept 19 (Antara) -  The people are being warned that the illegal distribution of paracetamol caffeine carisoprodol (PICC) that has taken its toll is part of the proxy war to weaken the resilience of the nation.
         Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy said rampant drug trafficking is part of proxy war that aims to destroy younger generation.
         The minister made the remarks following cases where tens of teenagers were rushed to a hospital in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi Province's capital, recently after taking PCC pills.
         "Drug circulation has been in a dangerous level and its variants are also diverse, and we have to be more vigilant, as I think this is part of proxy war," the minister said in Jakarta on Monday (Sept 18).
         As drugs, according to the minister, are part of a proxy war, they have significant impact that is aimed to destroy the younger generation. With drugs this great nation can easily be weakened. 
    "Illegal drugs are being used to weaken this huge and promising nation. Probably many parties are worried that Indonesia could emerge as a big nation and will be able to intimidate other parties. This assumption can be 50 percent true (the drug is distributed as part of proxy war) given the fact that this drug is mostly imported," Minister Effendy explained.

         He explained the most important drug trafficking is taking place in the border area. For that, he asked the governors in the border areas to supervise drug trafficking especially through certain routes.